12-20-18 Letters and Commentary

Christmas Eve A big red sleigh Setting out in the snow, Nine anxious Reindeers Are ready to go.

They stop on the rooftops While all are asleep, Santa is quiet Not making a peep.

When all things delivered Then home they will go, With a big Santa smile And his face all a glow.

What Santa will shout As they fly out of sight, Merry Christmas to all And to all a good night!!

Judi Hauch, Watervliet

Community gem Dear Editor, For 15 years, the Coloma Sons of American Legion (SAL) Post #362 has distributed food, toys, gifts and toiletries to numerous Christmas families. During the year we receive family’s names thru strict criteria of need. We choose families with some alternative families in hope we have enough donations. We accept most items after Thanksgiving from members of SAL, Legion Auxiliary and Legion members, we are also lucky enough to have some business donations. These donated items are packed for delivery before Christmas. We then distribute them on Christmas Eve or the day before. This year we were lucky enough to distribute to eight families. MERRY CHRISTMAS George Rose

Local Marines make Christmas brighter Dear Editor, On November 10, Marines old and young gathered at T’s Tap in Coloma to celebrate the birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps. Leigh Schultz, event organizer, said over $400 was raised for the Toys for Tots program after a night filled with food, tradition and fellowship. T’s Marines along with the Coloma American Legion and a generous donation from the South Haven Meijer store were able to raise additional funds to purchase well over $500 worth of toys at the Meijer store. The toys were dropped off at locations in southwest Michigan to be wrapped and delivered to brighten the lives of needy local children for the holidays. Pete Petruk American Legion Post #362

Hospital auxiliary  seeking scholarship applicants Dear Editor, The Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet Auxiliary is planning to award scholarships to two graduating seniors. Two $2,000 scholarships will be awarded. Interested students must be a resident of Coloma, Watervliet or Hartford school districts. Students must be planning to study in any medical field. Students must carry a 3.00 or better on a 4.00 scale. Students must be planning on attending a 2 or 4-year institution of higher education. For application packet, please contact Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet Auxiliary at 269-463-2292 or the high school counselors. Deadline for submitting completed application and letters of recommendation is March 15, 2019. Thank you, Marie Sineni Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet Auxiliary

Farewell from Supt. Kevin Schooley Dear students and families of Watervliet Schools, I am writing to you today to let you know that I will be leaving Watervliet and will no longer serve as your superintendent of schools. My last official day with the district will be January 1, 2019. I truly feel blessed to have been given the opportunity to work with the students and families of Watervliet for the past 21 years. I have had a ringside seat to the growth and success of our school system. Most importantly, I have had the chance to participate in the growth and development of your children and have watched them grow from small children into young adults ready to take on the world. As a matter of fact, as I walk through South School, some of my former elementary students from North School are now dropping off their own children and I can’t help but smile and hope I had a small part in their success or feelings about WPS. I do not mean to imply that everything has been perfect, it hasn’t, but I hope that you realize that my intentions and actions have always been about the health and well-being of the kids in my care first. You have a special place here and I hope you continue to cherish your community and school. When school resumes in January, you will have an interim superintendent in place. Dr. John Jarpe will be at the helm and he is a capable and caring leader. I have had the opportunity to work with Dr. Jarpe for over 10 years and he has my complete confidence in carrying on the task of providing a quality education to the students at Watervliet Public Schools. Again, I want to thank you for allowing me to be a part of your community and the education of your child. This experience has been a gift and I wish you all the very best. Take care, Kevin Schooley

MERRY CHRISTMAS… I hope this Christmas Holiday finds you among your loved ones and that the peace of the season is with you always.

THE HOLIDAYS IS THE BEST TIME TO SHOP AT HOME…  Anne and I stopped in at the Watervliet Hardware on Friday and were welcomed by owners Bryan and Jan Conrad.  They were serving up sandwiches and treats to customers in appreciation for their business and f